Fall Foliage – the Road Less Traveled

There are many well-known places to go to see fall foliage, but there are also some destinations that are a well-kept secret.  While others head off to New England and Vermont, take the road less traveled and visit West Virginia this year.

Nearly 80% of West Virginia is covered in trees and the fall colors there are ranked among the best in the world.

Typical periods for peak fall foliage in West Virginia are:

  • Eastern Panhandle and Neighboring Counties (excluding the northern most Panhandle areas) – Late September to Early October
  • Central and Northwestern Regions – Mid October
  • Southeastern and Southern Regions – Late October
  • Northern Panhandle Regions – Late October

Leaves at the highest elevations of West Virginia are already starting to show their fall colors.  Division of Forestry officials say they are expected to peak within the next week to 10 days. There is excellent color at Spruce Knob, Harman, the headwaters of the Greenbrier River, Cheat Mountain, Point Mountain, Kumbrabow State Forest, Kennison Mountain and Cold Knob.

Where to stay:

The Greenbrier.  One of the world’s most famous and elegant resorts, dating back to 1778, this National Historic landmark is a AAA Five Diamond resort set on a 6,500-acre estate.

Taken at Greenbrier 2 days ago. From their Facebook page.

Stonewall Resort.  The Adirondack-style lodge overlooks Stonewall Jackson Lake, the second-largest lake in West Virginia.  If you stay at the resort you can take a cruise on the lake to see the colors.

Fall foliage at Stonewall Resort.

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